Notable Quotes

Firewater

Touch not the poisonous firewater that makes wise men turn to fools and robs the spirit of its vision. — Tecumseh, Shawnee

Consequence of Actions

What our Seventh Generation will have is a consequence of our actions today. — Winona LaDuke, Annishnabe

A Woman

Remember that I am just a woman who is living a very abundant life.  Every step I take forward is on a path paved by strong Indian women before me. — Wilma Mankiller, Cherokee

My Heart Sings

My heart sings with pride when I think of the fighting my people, the red men of all tribes, did in this last great war; and if ever the hands of my own people hold the rope that keeps this country’s flag high in the air, it will never come down while an Absarokee warrior lives. — Chief Plenty Coups

Atrocities

It is difficult to comprehend the magnitude of the atrocities—intentional, neglectful, or accidental—perpetuated on Indian people by the conquering culture, and later by the very government that assumed responsibility for their protection. — Ben Nighthorse Campbell. Northern Cheyenne 

Music of the Indian

The music of the Indian is the spontaneous and sincere expression of the soul of a people. It springs from our own continent, and is thus, of all music, distinctly American. If Indian song be encouraged with Indian, and recognition of it awakened among our own people, America may one day contribute a unique music to the world of art. — Natalie Curtis, Musicologist

Treaties

In 1868, men came out and brought papers. We could not read them and they did not tell us truly what was in them. We thought the treaty was to remove the forts and for us to cease from fighting. But they wanted to send us traders on the Missouri, but we wanted traders where we were. When I reached Washington, the Great Father explained to me that the interpreters had deceived me. All I want is right and just. — Chief Red Cloud

My Father

My Father: A long time has passed since first we came upon our lands; and our people have all sunk into their graves. They had sense. We are all young and foolish, and do not wish to do anything that they would not approve, were they living. We are fearful we shall offend their spirits if we sell our lands; and we are fearful we shall offend you if we do not sell them. This has caused us great perplexity of thought, because we have counselled among ourselves, and do not know how we can part with our lands — Metea, a Potowatami Chief of the Illinois Nation

A Warrior

A warrior who had more than he needed would make a feast. He went around and invited the old and needy. The man who would thank the food—some worthy old medicine man or warrior—said, "Look to the old, they are worthy of old age; they have seen their days and proven themselves. With the help of the Great Spirit, they have attained a ripe old age. At this age the old can predict or give knowledge or wisdom, whatever it is; it is so. At the end is a cane. You and your family shall get to where the cane is. — Black Elk

Look Deeper

You have to look deeper, way below the anger, the hurt, the hate, the jealousy, the self-pity, way down deeper where the dreams lie, son. Find your dream. It's the pursuit of the dream that heals you. — Billy Mills

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